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 (kŏn′ə-sûr′, -so͝or′)
1. A person with expert knowledge or training, especially in the fine arts.
2. A person of informed and discriminating taste: a connoisseur of fine wines.

[Obsolete French, from Old French connoisseor, from connoistre, to know, from Latin cognōscere, to learn, know; see cognition.]

con′nois·seur′ship′ n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.connoisseurship - love of or taste for fine objects of artconnoisseurship - love of or taste for fine objects of art
appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste - delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
References in classic literature ?
These are the studies of their graver hours, while for their amusements they have the vast circle of connoisseurship, painting, music, statuary, and natural philosophy, or rather
The Colonel, though disclaiming all pretensions to connoisseurship, warmly admired the screens, as he would have done any thing painted by Miss Dashwood; and on the curiosity of the others being of course excited, they were handed round for general inspection.
The event aimed to promote culinary traditions and high-quality food-and-wine connoisseurship as a distinctive trait of Italian identity and culture.
My consumption was guided not by enthusiasm or connoisseurship or philosophies on food-pairings; rather, I made all my decisions on what to drink with a college freshman's devotion to frugality.
Ortelius was noted for his unique combination of talents: his connoisseurship, or ability to judge art by looking, and his erudition, or extensive knowledge acquired from books, with the ultimate goal of enlightenment.
Here, too, were curators and specialist dealers from across the globe--custodians of a phenomenal repository of scholarship and connoisseurship, and with an understanding of and feeling for objects that will endure only if passed on to the next generation.
Now an orphan in her 30s, she yearns for a kind of initiation into adulthood that connoisseurship can bring - the pride and humility of appreciation, which her father tried but failed to instill in her.
The characteristics of the connoisseurship consumption communities have been described by some of these researches in the consumer culture field; however no research has yet identified and explored the forces and tensions between the members of this serious leisure consumption community and its dynamics.
Those who buy tickets to Foodgasm will have the chance to practice their connoisseurship and test the foods in the fair.
Higgins is the latest volume in the International Exploration Society's unique book series that incorporates and showcases the beauty of a quality coffee table piece, an elaborate travel guide, an inspiring wine education, spectacular photography, and captivating adventures into the depths of travel, food and wine connoisseurship.
For those wanting to experience the Polish history of vodka connoisseurship, the hotels intimate bar offers a menu of traditional vodkas.
Coffee consumers are taking connoisseurship mainstream, says Jerry Gilbert, vice president of sales for Mississauga, Ontario-based Mother Parkers Tea & Coffee Inc.